Producer, Director, Story & Writer Kate Churchill began making documentaries for the PBS Series, Nova, where she served in several capacities including Producer/Director/Writer for EXTNCTION! (an episode of the CINE Golden Eagle Award-Winning Series EVOLUTION), Field Producer and Director for both NEANDERTHALS ON TRIAL and MYSTERY OF THE FIRST AMERICANS. In 2001 Kate founded her own company, Nama Productions, where she produced and directed TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE, a reality-based TV special for PBS and IN SEARCH OF THE JAGUAR, a National Geographic Special (Genesis Award for Outstanding PBS Documentary). Before diving into documentaries, Kate was the first Producing Director for the world-renowned Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago as well as working for Disney and Universal Pictures in Los Angeles. ENLIGHTEN UP! is Kate’s first feature documentary.
Executive Producer Jeanne’s passion for telling stories began as a young performer in musical theatre, where she tried on every hat both behind the scenes and onstage. On Broadway, she worked with the producing team for Seussical, Ragtime and Fosse (which won the Tony Award for best musical in 1999). She also worked in association with the Roundabout Theatre Company producing on and off Broadway hits. Enlighten Up! is Jeanne’s first film project for which she oversees all business and legal matters.
Executive Producer Thomas M. Hagerty is a Managing Director with Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P., a Boston-based private investment firm. Founded in 1974, Thomas H. Lee Partners currently manages approximately $20 billion of committed capital. Notable transactions include Warner Music Group, Houghton Mifflin, Homeside Lending, Fisher Scientific, EquiCredit, Fidelity National Information Services, ProSiebenSat.1, Nielsen Companies, Univision Communications and Snapple Beverages. Since joining the firm in 1988, Mr. Hagerty has directly handled numerous acquisitions, initial public offerings and outright sales. Over the last 10 years, Mr. Hagerty has spent the majority of his time focusing on financial services opportunities and has completed over $15 billion of investments in the financial services sector. Mr. Hagerty is currently a director of several public and private companies. He is 45, married, a resident of Boston and has one daughter. Mr. Hagerty is a Chicago area native. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame (1984) and Harvard Business School (1988), he is an active alumnus in both universities.
Story, Writer, Cinematography & Animation Jonathon Hexner grew up in Cambridge, MA. An accomplished photographer, his photographs have appeared in magazines and catalogs internationally and his artwork hangs in collections around the world. He earned his MFA with distinction from the Rhode Island School of Design and was awarded a RISD scholarship to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He was selected by Robert Gober (US Pavilion, 2002 Venice Biennale) for the first “Choice” exhibition at Exit Art in New York and was an artist-in-residence at the Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in 2000. In 2004, Jonathon was selected as one of three finalists worldwide for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Initiative in the visual arts (http://www.rolexmentorprotege.com). He currently splits his time shooting commercially for print, television and film, and collaborating with Jerry Riggs, a full-service creative/curatorial consultancy (http://www.jerryriggs.com).
Editor Jonathan Sahula has produced, edited and photographed a range of film and television projects. For Nova, he edited THE ELEGANT UNIVERSE (Emmy for editing), and the two-hour special, JUDGMENT DAY: Intelligent Design on Trial. For WGBH he produced, photographed and edited the documentary series STORY BREAKS (FIREWOMEN won an Emmy for cinematography.) He produced, photographed and edited the music video LOVE OF JONES for Lars Vegas (Monitor Award for best editing.) Other editing credits include: Zack Stratis’ musical mocumentary COULD BE WORSE (premiered at Sundance), artist portrait ROY LICTENSTIEN: ART OF THE GRAPHIC IMAGE for the National Gallery of Art, FRANK STELLA: IMAGINARY PLACES for the Walker Art Center, John Marshall’s TO HOLD OUR GROUND for the Peabody Museum, and FREEDOM FAITH, produced by Blackside Inc. for public television.
Story, Editor Khari Streeter graduated #1 in his class from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He was a founding partner and creative director of THE HEAT, a full-service advertising agency based in Boston (Reebok, Budweiser, MDPH). Trading the advertising world for the Independent film world, Khari co-directed two feature-length films, BLACK & WHITE & RED ALL OVER and LIFT. Both films premiered at the Sundance Film festival in the dramatic competition (1997 &2001). Khari and his films were twice selected as part of the New Directors/New Films exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He won the Grand Prize at the URBANWORLD Film Festival (sponsored by HBO). Khari currently bounces between the art world, the independent film world and commercial advertising world, creating, directing and editing the most unique projects he can conceive of. Recent clients include: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Chase, 3 Com, PUMA, DreamYard/LA, Filmmaker Kate Churchill and Filmmaker, Cheryl Dunn. A Boston superfan, Khai takes full credit for the Red Sox winning the World Series and the Patriots winning three out of the last four Superbowls.
Krishna Venkatesh started his career as a member of the nineties cult electronic band Think Tree(Virgin UK) with multiple tours in Europe including performances with Nine Inch Nails, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Ministry. He has worked in the recording studio with such legends as Joe Strummer (The Clash), Herbie Hancock, Nile Rodgers and Blue Man Group. His commercial and TV credits include compositions for MTV Networks, HBO, Miller Beer, Budweiser, Pontiac, Maybeline, TLC and many others. He is also a remixer working on under the pseudonym, “Salmonella Fitzgerald”. Krishna relies heavily on his experience and training in jazz, electronic music and other eclectic forms of music, to create compositions that are original, fresh, and inspiring. He lives with his wife, and 3 yr old son, in the Greater New York area.